Dahlia Daydreams

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You
once
told me
about a
place
we could
rove

embodied in
leftover dahlias, saccharine dewdrops
tranquilized by
a setting smile.

In
your
fantasies,
I was a
gift of the Promised Land,
the angels
forgot to
kiss away
towards

the summer shine
tickled daydreams, wondrous divine—
that could only be mutilated
from a heavy heart’s
touch.

I
have
yet to
find
such
a sanctuary—
walking out
into
the
country flora gaze.

Muddy blue puddles emulate an everlasting life
but I know my footsteps will trail ahead in time.

The Victor, the Vanquisher

Through ornate halls of half torn damask,
you run from room to room
pursuing a ghost
whose body no longer
fends for your side
of the chessboard.

Her glow
used to bedazzle
the mirrors
and
Baroque chandeliers—
gone grey,
reflecting the
beauty of glass
even in a furnished realm of utter disarray.

When she tried to get closer,
you shoved her away,
then locked her up like a lantern
and let love diminish, yet stain
every carpet your house holds dear
to this very day.

But what you didn’t know
was that her heart
couldn’t be
contained
behind four-sided picture frame jewels
because she was royal soul
—unfazed
by the laws of nature
because
she is the plague—
haunting each movement you make
while your head spins off its axle regardless.

Old desires of hers
that were once cloaked
out of sight,
attempt to flee alive
down the stairs;
past the window pain,
the glorious doors look as if they’re
ready to pry open wide.

Although before she goes,
she’ll knock over knights in shining armor
among checkered squares,
and pulsate towards the throne
since now more than ever
this checkmate will her solidify her victory;
as she changes the future of the game,
standing on her own.

Camp Nanowrimo July 2017

I’m so happy to announce that I’m participating in next month’s
Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017!

It’s been nearly two years since the last time I was involved in Camp NaNoWriMo (because life occurrences just LOVED getting in the way of my writing plans :/ ), and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m currently in the middle of writing a rough outline of what I hope to write about this July. Since I consider myself both a pantser and a plotter, I usually like to leave room for creativity, but still incorporate some structure in my outlines. Having a loose idea of a writing plan prevents me from getting lost halfway through NaNoWriMo, giving me a sense of direction to stay on track.

Whether you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017 or not, I’d love to hear what writing projects you’re working on, so comment down below and let me know! 😉

K.K.

Wayward Visions

A veil of sheer repose
glimmers deep
within your
starry-eyed
soul.

Gazing yet chasing,
lunar illusions,
the sound of
distant thunder
allures a moon
away.

Lying here,
partly grounded,
a pair of fingers
pinpoint
Polaris,
connecting the corners
of all creation.

Allowing the
light to
draw us closer
than before,
you lose strength
in our magnetic field;
we think of nothing but mindless matter.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George [Book Review]

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Rating: 4
Genre: Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Literary Fiction

The Little Paris Bookshop is a novel concerning the main character Monsieur Perdu who calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. (Goodreads summary)

Characters: I enjoyed learning new things about the characters. Jean Perdu, the primary focus of the story, explored across the boundaries of self-forgiveness and grief within himself. Every high and low moment of his journey was acknowledged to exhibit the fact that a lamentation process could feel almost unbearable to break away from. Another crucial character was Max Jordan a young, heartthrob author on the rise who wanted to escape the bustling noise of Paris and find a new source of muse because he felt stuck in a state of writer’s block. I liked how Max and Perdu became the best of friends and relied on each other to cope with the pain of their flawed past days. Max’s twenty-two year old perspective served as a contrast against Perdu’s (who was forty-eight years old), which I thought was intriguing too, because I was able to pinpoint the differences between the behaviors of a boy and a man. (There are a lot of characters in The Little Paris Bookshop, but mentioning any additional characters would cause my review to contain spoilers, so I won’t include them here.)

Plot: I will admit that the beginning of this story felt a bit predictable to me. However, as soon as the Perdu and Max set off upon their journey, I was hooked. I read eight chapters at a time and could never figure out what would happen next. The chemistry between the cast of characters is compelling and the detailed descriptions of their boat-ride from Northern to Southern France through the author’s eyes made me really experience a setting I never gave much previous attention to.

My favorite parts weren’t solely about the main character Monsieur Perdu actually, but rather the side character Max Jordan because he has such a flirtatious, quirky personality—in a good way—and watching his character transform alongside with his relationship with the Perdu was something I found quite heartwarming.

Cover Analysis: The cover is appropriate for this book, but in my opinion could’ve been a lot better. Prior to reading The Little Paris Bookshop in its entirety, I proclaimed the cover as ‘satisfactory’ because it displayed the aesthetic quality of the Parisian landscape where the novel’s back cover clearly stated the plot took place. Yet after finishing the novel, I realized Monsieur Perdu’s bookstore barge and literature itself was a integral influence on the protagonist that I have switched my mindset now and believe that the cover should have the background of a Parisian style bookshop rather than the Eiffel tower (behind the postcard) in order to capture the true essence of the story-line and prevent the book from fading among all the other French Adult Contemporary novels within the same genre with a similar cover appearance. France has so much more to offer than just the Eiffel tower and The Little Paris Bookshop delves deep into justifying that argument.

Key Notes: There are some suggestive themes and mature content. These were to be expected though since it’s categorized in the adult genre. I wouldn’t recommend this to an amateur reader either (more of an avid one) because of the strong literary language usage and intense emotion expressed, which perhaps might not be very appealing for the faint of heart.

Overall: I think The Little Paris Bookshop is a great book that many readers can relate to and relish in. I’m glad it exists because its the type of novel that gave me lessons in life and love from a vantage point far beyond my years. Many books nowadays seem to shy away from fully embracing the grieving aspect of a character, but this novel did the complete opposite. It felt real, virtuous, and unmistakably human. George put her heart and soul into writing this novel and her work definitely paid off. Managing to blend the healing power of literature with philosophical ideas makes The Little Paris Bookshop an astounding narrative that deserves its rank on the bestseller list.

Recommended For: Fans of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder.